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Meningococcal Gold Rush IV: Novartis Vaccines' MeNZB Assertions Examined - Throughout the debate surrounding the controversial MeNZB vaccine, Chiron (now called Novartis Vaccines) has remained strangely silent. On 14 November 2006 they broke that silence in a press release to criticize MeNZB vaccine researchers Ron Law and Barbara Sumner Burstyn. Law and Sumner Burstyn had publicized that Novartis have dumped the MeNZB vaccine technology in favour of trialing a genetically modified Meningococcal B vaccine. See... MGR IV: Novartis Vaccines Enters The MeNZB Debate

Health News: Chiron Turns Its Back On MeNZB Vaccine - Barbara Sumner Burstyn writes that in a stunning vote of no-confidence in the MeNZB vaccine technology, Chiron (now called Novartis Vaccines) has announced the launch of clinical trials for a genetically engineered vaccine to fight meningococcal B disease. News reports of Chiron's new trials states: "...there are vaccines for [various bacteria], but a vaccine for the B strain of the disease has so far been elusive..." See... Chiron Dumps MeNZB Vaccine Trialed In NZ (See also… Feedback: Novartis Responds To MeNZB Report )

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  • Ron Law - Meningococcal Death Rate Increases Since MeNZB?
  • NZ Health Ministry - Norway plans review into vaccine claims
  • Meningitis Trust - Meningitis Trust supports MoH immunisation ad

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  • Ministry of Health - Concerns raised over NorwegianTV documentary
  • Immunisation Advisory Centre - IMAC slams Norwegian documentary
  • Paediatric Society of NZ - Another Victory for Immunisation
  • Ron Law & Barbara Sumner Burstyn - Norway Shocked By New Documentary
  • Ron Law - Graphs: MeNZB Facts Speak for Themselves
  • ACT - Heather Roy's Diary: Meningitis Vaccine
    Scoop Audio.Scoop Audio: Click here to listen to the entire press conference.


  • Steve IrwinAustralia: Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin Dies - At 11am, 4 September 2006, Steve Irwin was fatally wounded by a stingray barb to his heart while filming a sequence on Batt Reef off Port Douglas for a new TV series. Emergency services were called from Cairns Rescue Base and met Croc One, Steve’s rescue vessel, at Low Isle on the Great Barrier Reef. The Croc One crew performed constant CPR during the thirty-minute dash to Low Isle, but Steve was pronounced deceased at 12 noon by Queensland Ambulance Services personnel.See... Steve Irwin
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  • Australian PM John Howard - Steve Irwin
  • Aus. PM John Howard - Doorstop IV - Steve Irwin
  • Aus. Tourism Minister - Steve Irwin
  • NZ Greens - Steve Irwin's death a loss to environment movement
  • Auckland City Council - Auckland Zoo expresses sorrow


  • Scoop Report: West Papua Independence On Forum Agenda


    Image by Jason Dorday: Pacific Islands Forum opening ceremony, Port Moresby.
    Image By Jason Dorday. New Zealand PM Helen Clark and Pacific Forum secretary general, Greg Urwin, have moved to have West Papua independence discussed by Pacific leaders during a summit meeting to be held this week. Scoop Talks To Two West Papuan Freedom Fighters and goes Inside The Campaign To Get West Papua Back On The Pacific Island Forum's Agenda. See... Scoop Talks To Two West Papuan Freedom Fighters ALSO: + Audio: Clark & Howard Press Conference - Don't Talk West Papua + Audio: NZ PM & PIF SG Talk Forum Issues + FULL COVERAGE: SCOOP�S FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT FEATURE. + SCOOP INVESTIGATION - HIV/AIDS In The Pacific

    Audio & Images: ANZAC Day Dawns In Wellington - Sounds and sights from this mornings Dawn Service at the Cenotaph in Wellington. See... Audio & Images: ANZAC Day Dawns In Wellington & Karim Sahai Images: Lest We Forget
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    Scoop Audio.The Last Post (1 min)
    Scoop Audio.Address by RSA President John Campbell (10 mins)
    Scoop Audio.Complete Wgtn. ANZAC Dawn Service (40 mins)
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  • Speaker Speech to Dawn Service ANZAC Cove
  • Inaugural artist in residence at Gallipoli
  • Anzac Day commemorative services
  • Speaker Speech to Turkish International Service
  • Peters represents Govt. at London Anzac Day
  • Helen Clark Address - Mt Albert Anzac Day Service
  • ANZAC Day Broadcast a Ratings Success for Maori TV


  • Weather Watch: South Island Braces For Trouble - Weather forecasts for the weekend are a big concern for Civil defence authorities in the South Island. With many Canterbury communities still reeling from Monday's snow storm, concerns are that more communities will be caught unawares. Canterbury's Civil Defence Emergency Planner, Jon Mitchell, says people should stock up in time. See... Weather forecasts for the weekend a concern
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  • Progressive Party - Concern over Weather Impact on Agriculture
  • NIWA - Snow storm was exceptional south of the Rakaia
  • NZ Govt - Assistance offered to Canterbury region
  • New Zealand Defence Force - Defence Assisting Civil Defence In South Is
  • Orion New Zealand Limited - Power outages due to snow - Update Thur 15 June
  • Scoop Image - South Isl. Snow Via Satellite (2)
  • Scoop Image - Southern Snow From Outer Space (1)
  • Environment Canterbury - Canterbury Situation Begins to Improve
  • Orion - Power outages due to snow - Update
  • Scoop Full Coverage - Monday's Weather, Power and Road Madness


  • Intelligence: NZSIS Failures Focus Criticism On Core Of Labour Govt. - Paul Buchanan writes: Political instability and collective violence in Fiji, the Solomons, East Timor raises questions about NZ's intelligence and security capabilities in its primary area of geostrategic concern, the southwestern Pacific Rim. Since the NZSIS receives most of external threat assessment data from the External Assessment Bureau (EAB) in the Prime Minister's department, the failure to collect and accurately analyse intelligence on these regional hotspots extends to the core of the Labour government. See... NZ Intel Failure Evident In Timor Leste Crisis
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  • State Of It: NZ Intel Failure Demands Inquiry
  • NZ Govt - First Shot Fired in Timor-Leste
  • NZ Defence Force - New Zealand Soldier Hit by 'Dart' in Dili
  • Child Fund - East Timor: Children traumatised and in shock


  • Scoop Image: Matt Robson. International Law: Robson Calls On Govt To Back Guantanamo Closure Call - Matt Robson writes: Journalist David Rose has made an invaluable contribution to the cause of universal human rights for all by this exposure of the grave human rights violations occurring on a daily basis at the United States prison camp at Guantanamo Bay Cuba. See... NZ Should Join Call For End To Guantanamo Bay
    Scoop Audio.Audio: Manning & Pound on Guantanamo Bay.
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  • Scoop Report - NZ MPs Prove Quiet On Guantanamo Bay
  • Greens - NZ Silent on Guantanamo
  • Amnesty Magazine Feature - Tortured Logic: Thumbscrewing International Law


  • Robert FiskVideo: Rebecca Wright Interviews Robert Fisk While In Lebanon - New Zealand based broadcaster Rebecca Wright traveled to Lebanon assisted by New Zealand foreign correspondent, Jon Stephenson, and interviewed Robert Fisk on the 'War On Terror' and Middle East events. Fisk offers a candid and frank insight into what many call a clash of civilizations. See... Video: Rebecca Wright Interviews Robert Fisk

    Disasters: Kiwi Journos In Quake Devastated Pakistan - Just prior to Christmas New Zealand journalist Jon Stephenson, assisted by an Asia New Zealand media award, toured earthquake devastated Pakistan. Accompanying Mr Stephenson on the two week trip through the often fought over and now ruined province of Kashmir was BFM host Rebecca Wright. During his travels Mr Stephenson learned from aid workers that the response to the earthquake had been paltry, in terms of both foreign aid and media interest. See... Pakistan Images Part Two: Life Amid The Rubble
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  • Jon Stephenson - Images Of Post-Quake Pakistan



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